Monthly Archives: January 2013

Miss Mary

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I was so excited to read the Gospel of Mary. I am a religious person, so I love whenever I get to read religious works for class. That being said, I was extremely upset with this Gospel. First off, I am a little confused as to how ten pages of the Gospel are missing. Are they truly missing? Or did someone not want them to be found? Although I am religious, I do strongly believe that the Church was, and possibly still is, corrupt.  Whenever I hear of missing pages of gospels, I always wonder what happened to them, or who didn’t want them to be found. I can’t say that these pages did not go missing because there is no way for me to know, but I personally believe the Church did not want them published. There are no books in the Bible written by women, and the Church might not have wanted a Gospel written by a woman, let along ex prostitute (or so she is thought to be by some).

 

Quite frankly, this Gospel made me furious! The disciples challenge Mary because she is a woman, not because her vision is false, but because she can have babies! After all, that is all women are good for, right? Women, for the most part, were nothing more than reproductive being back in biblical times, so it is no wonder that men did not believe Mary’s vision. I was outraged when Peter said, “Did He really speak with a woman without our knowledge (and) not openly? Are we to turn about and all listen to her? Did he prefer her to us?” This just shows the ignorance of most men. Levi responded, “Now I see you contending against the woman like the adversaries. But if the Saviour made her worthy, who are you indeed to reject her? Surely the Saviour knows her very well. That is why He loved her more than us.” Levi understood that Mary’s gender did not matter. Jesus loves us all; our gender means nothing.

 

I think Mary Magdalene is such an influential figure because she is the epitome of a reformed soul. Mary is said to have the seven powers of wraith, or the seven deadly sins, and she came to Jesus asking forgiveness. Jesus forgave her sins and, in a way, asked her to change her life. She did so and became a great friend of Jesus. She really is a bad woman turned good. I think of her as the redemption for Eve. Eve ate the forbidden fruit and dammed humans –especially women- to a life of sin. Mary gives up her life of sin for a life of salvation. 

My Godsend

In class we were asked if we found Young and Sullivan’s article compelling, and my answer is absolutely. I really enjoyed this article because it though in-depth about why writing is so important. I think it gave a lot of compelling examples as to why writing is so crucial, and why it will remain so. My favorite example was that of the math problems. I can easily do 6 X 7 in my head, but if a teacher asked me to perform 6723 X 376 in my head, then I could probably tell them to lay off the crack. I am very much a visual learner, so I need to see things worked out in front of me in order to learn them. As to memory, I also need to see things visually in order to memorize them. As a kid, I absolutely could not study vocabulary words unless I wrote them down several times; although, I threw several fits when my parents made me do it. To this day, writing helps me to memorize information.

Writing is also a form of expression for me. From kindergarten through my senior year in high school, I was bullied and humiliated on a daily basis. My self-esteem was completely shot, and the thought of going to school made me ill. In eighth grade my English teacher sat down and had a discussion with me, and this discussion changed my life. He told me that I was a wonderful creative writer, and that I should pursue it. Since then, creative writing has been a great outlet. I wrote poems and stories on a daily basis all thorough high school as a means of escaping reality. Without it, I honestly do not know where I would be today. Writing is my godsend.

Silly Socrates

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I have been putting off this blog for as long as I possibly could, but I have to do it sometime. I have never been a big fan of Plato because his work, quite honestly, bores the heck out of me.  I really struggled to get through Phaedrus, and I only understood about half of it. That being said, I find it interesting that Socrates does not like wiring because he believes it destroys memory. I could not disagree with him more. Writing helps me to remember things because it helps me to physically do something while I try to learn it. It also helps to visually see something while memorizing it. I do see his point that oral tradition can be destroyed through writing, but I think writing only benefits tradition. Throughout the years, oral tradition can be changed; this can be exemplified with the telephone game played by many kids. When stories or sentences are passed from person to person, someone will eventually confuse the words or add their own things to the story, thus allowing the story or sentence to be completely changed.

Richard Young and Patricia Sullivan touch on the subject of memory in Why Write? A Reconsideration. They have a lot of valid points, and I cannot disagree with them. They explain why writing is so imperative to our way of life and learning. Writing helps us explore in ways that we could not through traditional speech memory. Oral tradition and memorizing through speech was once a great way to learn, as Socrates suggests, but it is outdated. Writing helps us to learn, memorize, and work things out in ways that are more helpful and better suited to each individual.

I also found it interesting that Socrates says, “Writing, Phaedrus, has this strange quality, and is very like painting; for the creatures of painting stand like living beings, but if one asks them a question, they preserve a solemn silence. And so it is with written words; you might think they spoke as if they had intelligence, but if you question them, wishing to know about their sayings, they always say only one and the same thing.” He is saying that we can’t question writing, and, for the most part, this is true. We cannot go back in time and question authors about their writing and the meanings behind it; all we can do is try and analyze it to the best of our abilities. One major problem with not being able to ask questions about these author’s works is that people often misinterpret the meaning. It makes me wonder how much of the writing we read in school is a false interpretation.

History of Rhetoric Questions

Something already known: I knew about rhetoric from taking English Comp. My professor extensively went over ethos, pathos, and logos. I considered this extremely valuable, and I have carried it with me throughout many of my classes. I also learned about it in my public speaking class, as it is a great tool to use when making speeches.

Something new: I had no idea that the study of rhetoric dates all the way back to the fifth century B.C.E. I also found it interesting that women, such as Margaret Fell defended women’s’ rights by using ethos, pathos, and logos. I think it’s wonderful that a woman had the courage to stand up for women’s rights using a mans form of speech.

 Questions that arose while reading: While reading this article I only had one question: what is rhetoric? It did a great job of explaining the history of rhetoric, but I felt like there was no definition of what rhetoric is. This is something that I think would be useful to explain in class.

Inclination and Institution

 

Foucault and the Freshmen Writer: Considering the Self in Discourse was a very difficult piece to understand, but I really enjoyed it. I still do not completely understand it, even through a lot of discussion in class. As a future educator, this article was very interesting because it made me think about my own teaching style. I particularly enjoyed section II because it discussed language and education in depth. Spellmen describes,

“Writers seduced by Inclination will find that their freedom of expression is not respected, or even tolerated outside of Freshmen English, yet those who yield too obligingly to Institution by trusting in order they need not, or cannot, test against their own experiences-against the “thought from outside” also eliminate the tension that makes language into discourse, and discourse into knowledge.”

I think this is absolutely brilliant, and it’s right on target. When I was in English Composition I and II, I felt like my opinion truly mattered. My teacher wanted all of us to be able to freely express ourselves both in class and through our writing. I really valued this, as I am an Inclination writer, and I learned a lot about myself through my writing. I entered my higher-level English classes with a lot of confidence, but then that confidence was shattered in my higher level English classes. I would express my opinion on certain texts, and I would be told I was completely off-base. From then on I would not talk in class because my opinion no longer mattered. Our class was not based on Institution, not Inclination.

I think the best way to manage a classroom and teach is through both Institution and Inclination. I think Spellmeyer, in a very elaborate way, is saying the same thing. Students need to be able to freely think and express themselves, but they also need a good foundation in order to do so. Without a good foundation, writing would be unorganized and sloppy, but we cannot solely focus on Institution. I think of this in the form of state standards. Teachers are required to teach to the state standards, but they need to go beyond this and embrace Inclination. This is the best way for students to realize and embrace their strengths, as well as strengthen their weaknesses.

Language and Knowledge

During class we were asked the question, do you need language to have knowledge? At first I thought, no way! Knowledge has nothing to do with language. A mute person can be extremely knowledgeable, even though they do not have the language to express this knowledge. Then I realized I was extremely wrong.  A mute person communicates through the use of sigh language. This made think about the question again and analyze it. Can we truly be knowledgeable without the use of language? Well for one thing, we can’t become knowledgeable without language. Language is the basis for everything, and it is one of the main ways that we become knowledgeable. Without language we could not share our knowledge, and therefore we do need language to have knowledge.

Then there is the point that we can learn through doing; this is also very true. We all learn through our experiences, such as a child learning the stove is hot from putting their hand on it. The first humans learned through their experiences, but without language we never would have become anything more than cavemen.  We need to communicate in order to share our ideas and knowledge. The same child who places his or her hand on the stove will learn that it is hot, but that child also needs someone to explain it to them in order to fully understand. Language is essential for every aspect of life, especially the learning process.

Historia de un letero, The Story of a Sign

This is a powerful video on a very emotional level. Every person who watches this video must have some sort of connection with it. I think we watched this video as our first introductory to the course because it shows the importance of language. I believe that language is our most powerful asset as humans. It can be used in both positive and negative ways. It can be used as a means of comfort and assistance, or as a way of pain and cruelty. In this video, one sees an obviously wealthy man use his language skills to help a poor, desolate man who has no means of helping himself. By changing the words on the blind mans sign, the wealthy man created a whole new meaning based on emotion. People can relate more on an emotional standpoint, and therefore were more willing to help the blind man.
As decent human beings, we need to understand the power our words can have, especially as writers. We have the ability to bring comfort and joy, but we must know how to use our language properly.

My name is Kristen Roduner, and I am 21 years old. I graduated from Millard North in 2010, then began at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the fall. I am a secondary education major with a focus in language arts. Not to sound cliche, but I have always know I wanted to be a teacher. It has been my dream since I was a little girl. I would like to teach high school English or theatre. I am hoping this class can help me further my knowledge in the various forms of writing so I can better teach my students on the subjects. I also hope to one day open an arctic dog and wolf rescue.

I am an only child to two wonderful parents. My mother and father have always taught me to be the best person I can be and to be loyal to myself without concern for the criticism of others. I also have several wonderful friends who help me achieve my dreams. I thank God for my friends and family ever day.

I currently work in the Hy-Vee floral department, and have done so for three years. I enjoy my job, and I love my coworkers. We have all become a second family to each other. I am hoping to soon work as a teaching assistant so I can become familiar with teaching. 

When I have free time, which is not very often, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and pets. I have a two year old Siberian husky named Koda and two five year old cats named Jasper and Bella (yes they are named after Twilight, and no I am not proud of that decision). I also love to read, write, watch movies, and exercise. I don’t necessarily have a favorite book or author, but my favorite movies include: The Notebook, Titanic, The Lucky One, Underworld, and The Mummy.

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